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Full Name: Isabel Clark
Rank Last Held: Staff Nurse
Forename(s): Isabel
Surname: Clark
War: World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.: 22/108
Gender: Female
First Known Rank: Nurse
Occupation before Enlistment: Nurse
Next of Kin: Miss Clark (sister), Ardgowan, Oamaru, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Military District: Otago
Body on Embarkation: Hospital Ship No. 1, "Maheno"
Embarkation Unit: New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps
Embarkation Date: 10 July 1915
Place of Embarkation: Wellington, New Zealand
Transport: Hospital Ship. No. 1, 1st Voyage from NZ
Vessel: Maheno
Destination: Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number: Vol1
Page on Nominal Roll: 128
Last Unit Served: New Zealand Army Nursing Service
Place of Death: Lost at sea, HT Marquette, Aegean Sea
Date of Death: 23 October 1915
Year of Death: 1915
Cause of Death: Drowned
Memorial Name:
  • Mikra Memorial, Greece
  • Nurses' Memorial Chapel, Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Memorial window, Five Sisters Window, north transept, York Minster, York, England
Biographical Notes:
  • Isabel Clark was the sister of Alexander David Clark, of Ardgowan, Oamaru.
  • Trained for nursing in Oamaru; she was one of the first NZANS nurses to leave New Zealand.
  • Isabel Clark was one of the New Zealand nurses who died when the Marquette was torpedoed and sank in October 1915.
Description of Image: Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915
Additional Information:
  • The first group NZANS nurses arrived in Alexandria on 16 June 1915, the second on 21 May and the third on 10 July.
  • The Marquette was a British Merchant ship of 7,057 tons. It sank when a torpedo launched from a submarine hit it 36 miles south of Salonika Bay. Twenty nine crew and 182 troops were lost. Ten of those who died were New Zealand nurses who had been working at No.1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital in Port Said in October 1915 when they were ordered to prepare to go to Lemnos. The hospital was to be set up there to care for casualties being brought back from the Dardanelles.
  • The Transport Ship Marquette took on board officers and men of the New Zealand Medical Corps, 36 New Zealand Army Nursing Staff, 610 officers and men of 29th Divisional Ammunition Column , 541 mules and some ammunition in mid October sailed for Salonika. The French torpedo destroyer Tirailleur joined the convoy on 22 October which gave credence to the idea that there was a real danger of being attacked by German submarines in the Mediterranean. The torpedo destroyer left the convoy that night and at 9.15 am on 23 October the Marquette was hit by a torpedo on the starboard side and began to list. Within about 15 minutes she sank.
  • Nurses lost their lives in the evacuation as lifeboats tipped over as they were lowered into the sea, some boats falling on others, with some being left on the ship and going down with her.
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Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org
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